Dignity in mental health
People living and working with mental illness should expect much more, says the World Federation for Mental Health.
This week is World Mental Health Week and the theme for the year’s awareness raising is “Dignity in Mental Health”.
According to Australia’s Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, one in six working age Australians are living with mental illness, costing Australian businesses $11 billion a year. In addition, many in the workforce are juggling work while caring for someone with a mental illness.
The Alliance provides an evidenced-based strategy for creating a mentally healthy workplace. It covers changing the design of work, such as introducing flexible work hours; building better cultures, such as training managers in creating mentally health workplaces; supporting recovery; and increasing awareness.
Globally, the report, Dignity in Mental Health from the World Federation for Mental Health, says: “We can create a world where everyone affected by mental health conditions has the best chance possible to succeed and recover free from fear and isolation.”
The report also notes that the global community is a “long way [from] our Destination Dignity”, but is on the road.
If you need immediate assistance, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression, contact beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or www.beyondblue.org.au or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.
Published on 8 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.